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Youth Mental Health Forum

July 30, 2023


The North Shore Synagogue hosted a forum on The Crisis in Teen Mental Health featuring scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Shalom Hammer. In 2019, Rabbi Hammer's daughter, Gila, tragically took her own life. He decided to speak out about his family's terrible loss in the hope of preventing others from experiencing suicide.

Also on the panel were: Professor Garry Walter AM, child, adolescent and adult Psychiatrist of international renown, Prof. Walter is affiliated with The University of Sydney, where he has served as Professor at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine and as Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry;

Dee Fittinghoff, Psychologist at Moriah College; and

Emma Cohen, coordinator of the community's Suicide Prevention Strategy at JewishCare.

Thanks to  Alexi Boyd for facilitating the session.

Thank you to our co-sponsors for this important event; Kehillat Masada, Masada College and the Board of Jewish Education.

For more information and a video of the event, click here.

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